14 Jun '11, 1am

A fight over the future of farming: U.N. ag group vs. Big Ag

A fight over the future of farming: U.N. ag group vs. Big Ag

Small-ag mindset vs. Big Ag muscle. "The present paradigm of intensive crop production cannot meet the challenges of the new millennium," says a new report from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). In other words: Big Ag, step aside. It's not as if the world is being fed particularly well at the moment -- and prospects are dimming for chemical agriculture in a resource-restricted, warming world. The FAO has been very active in attempts to make world agriculture more sustainable. It published an influential 2006 report on animal agriculture's environmental and climate impact , and it was behind the 2008 International Assessment of Agricultural Science and Technology for Development report , which laid out a vision of the future of agriculture in the developing world based on the principles of agro-ecology rather than on chemically intensive industrial...

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